More Parasols for Staging + Interiors (Part 2)

The Parasol is the Umbrella’s Daughter
Emily Dickinson
The parasol is the umbrella's daughter,
And associates with a fan
While her father abuts the tempest
And abridges the rain.

The former assists a siren
In her serene display;
But her father is borne and honored,
And borrowed to this day.

At last year's New York Gift Fair I came across a few vendors selling Balinese parasols. Although my instinct is to buy, buy, buy; I'm wondering if many people feel like me: Parasols are adorable, but what do I **do** with it? Pack it in sand at Coney Island? While I test the parasol market, here's another round-up of inspired decor.....

from My Marrakesh

ok, not a parasol, just a tent...but don't you love?
from Domino Magazine

Love how this parasol is used as a light fixture. There's a tutorial on Apartment Therapy, too.
from Apartment Therapy

This is fantastic. I have no idea how it's propped up, though. Doesn't seem like shoving the pole behind the couch is a good option if you have kids or cats or friends.
from Coastal Living Magazine

from My Marrakesh

I've heard some blog-talk that these stencils are borderline racist; so, I'm staying far away from that conversation by simply pointing out: What a creative use of negative space PLUS, way to play up a whole theme while keeping the decor streamlined.
from Domino Magazine

(all photos not marked mean that I do not know where I found them online. either on flickr or a google image search, sorry!)

Parasols for Parties & Staging (Part 1)

Parasols are such a great accessory for parties and home staging. Mine always seem to wind up sitting in an empty corner. But with a little creativity I could do something like....

Lovely outdoor parties and weddings utilizing parasols...

Town & Country, February 1999

Coco + Kelley

Adorable little parasols complete this party table arrangement....

Where to buy....